Radio and TV news broadcaster Alex Dreier, whose thunderous commentaries and passionate delivery earned him the nickname “The Voice,” died Sunday in Rancho Mirage of natural causes. He was 83.
During his more than half century in radio and television in Chicago, California and Europe, Dreier received seven Emmys.
Born in Hawaii, Dreier lived in San Francisco as a boy and graduated from Stanford U. in 1939.
In 1941, the imposing (he once tipped the scales at nearly 400 pounds) baritone-voiced broadcaster was among the journalists expelled by the Nazis as the United States was about to enter World War II against Germany. He then moved to London to report for British Broadcasting Corp.’s “News of the World.”
From 1948 to 1965, he worked for affiliates of NBC and ABC in Chicago. In 1967, he moved to Los Angeles and continued reporting in California until 1992. While in L.A., an on-air commentary he delivered, “What Is a Jew,” became a rallying cry for fund-raising to help Israel during and after the Six-Day War and was sold as a record in local shops.
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After he retired, Dreier served as chairman of the board of the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences in Rancho Mirage and was on the board of directors for the Eisenhower Medical Center.